Moderators

Debi Mathias

Debi Mathias serves as the Director of the QRIS National Learning Network with the BUILD Initiative, a broad cross-section of partners at the state and national level focused on the development and implementation of quality rating and improvement systems (QRIS).  Previously, Debi served for 7 years as Director of Early Learning Services, Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) in Pennsylvania.  Her responsibilities included leadership and support of teams responsible for design, implementation and monitoring of a variety of programs and initiatives including Keystone STARS, Family Support programs, the state Pre-K program, Head Start, the state professional development system, standards aligned systems (learning standards, assessment, curriculum framework etc.), PELICAN data base, program evaluation and research.  Debi understands early learning at every level, having served for nearly 30 years as Program Director, SUM Child Development Inc., where she created and managed a multi-site NAEYC Accredited early care and education program serving 800+ children ranging in age from six weeks to 12 years. dmathias@buildinitiative.org

Tammy Camillo

Tammy Camillo is the Director of the Rhode Island Association for the Education of Young Children, the state affiliate of NAEYC. Rhode Island AEYC is home to BrightStars, Rhode Island’s Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) for child care and early learning programs, and the Rhode Island statewide Child Care Resource and Referral Center (CCR&R). Ms. Camillo received her Master’s Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Health Care Administration from Providence College. She has a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Health Policy and Management. Prior to joining Rhode Island AEYC/BrightStars, Ms. Camillo worked as a consultant for the Rhode Island Department of Health, managing several child and family health programs. She also has experience working in Head Start and community health centers. Ms. Camillo has significant experience in start-up project management, planning and policy development, coalition-building, and experience leading community health and early education initiatives.

Anne Mitchell

Anne Mitchell is the president of Early Childhood Policy Research, an independent consulting firm in upstate New York specializing in evaluation, policy analysis and planning on early care and education.  Anne, with Louise Stoney, co-founded the Alliance for Early Childhood Finance.  Previously she was Associate Dean of the Research Division at Bank Street College of Education in New York City, where she founded Bank Street’s graduate program in Early Childhood Leadership and codirected the first national study of public schools as providers of programs for children under six. Anne cofounded the Alliance for Early Childhood Finance, a learning community on finance reform and system-building for early care and education. She has conducted nationwide studies of state and local prekindergarten policy and early care and education finance and has written widely on child care and early education policy and practice. Her most recent publication is an online tool for estimating the cost of a Quality Rating and Improvement System.  anne.walsh.mitchell@gmail.com

Louise Stoney

Louise Stoney is an independent consultant specializing in early care and education policy and co-founder of the Alliance for Early Childhood Finance and Opportunities Exchange. She has worked in public policy for more than 30 years, including positions as a staff member in the New York State Legislature, policy director for a state child care resource and referral network, and instructor for the Center for Women in Government at the State University of New York at Albany. She has consulted with more than 35 states and many large cities. Through her work with Anne Mitchell on the Alliance for Early Childhood Finance, she has spearheaded a national conversation on early childhood finance reform. And with Opportunities Exchange she helps lead a national movement focused on Shared Services—crafting new administrative models and shared platforms aimed at helping the early care and education industry provide sustainable, high-quality services. louise.stoney@gmail.com